EDITORIAL

 EDITORIAL

Dividing people

Dividing people

Come elections, politics of hate replaces rationality and civility. Pitching one linguistic group against other; one religious group against other; one ethnic identity against other and one caste against other becomes norm of the day. This ugly trend always makes one to wonder how the politicians and political parties always try to drag the public […]

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Why this custodial dead?

Why this custodial dead?

That a young man from Awantipura has died in police custody is very unfortunate. Even though the police itself had recommended a probe, following which the government ordered a magisterial inquiry into this custodial dead, but it goes without saying that people of Kashmir no longer trust official assertions about such probes and inquiries. The […]

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Time to walk the talk

Time to walk the talk

Of the many problems facing Jammu and Kashmir, while political uncertainty and violence have been a huge stumbling block in state’s progress and development; corruption has been another major challenge, which has been adding to the conflict by creating and sustaining unjust structures besides perpetuating widespread injustices. Notwithstanding the successive governments’ claims about fighting corruption, […]

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Depoliticize mundane

Depoliticize mundane

These protests and agitations in Kashmir – not only around the big political developments but also about routine and mundane matters like frequent power outages – is more than anything a sad commentary on the state’s dysfunctional systems.  Irrespective of how the state chooses to look at, understand and articulate these protests against it, fact […]

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Traffic mismanagement!

Traffic mismanagement!

Even though traffic mismanagement has all along been a characteristic feature of Kashmir’s roads and streets, for the past few years the chaos and confusion has been increasing steadily. Today the situation has reached such a point that it seems almost impossible to travel in Srinagar city without facing hours of disconcerting traffic jams, which […]

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Growing Islamophobia

Growing Islamophobia

Who is actually intolerant of whom? Is it the Muslims — who are demonized as being incompatible with the modern thought and culture — or it is actually other way round? Going by the situation on ground in the aftermath of 9/11 incident in US followed by countless other incidents of terrorism worldwide, the very […]

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Meaningless rhetoric…

Meaningless rhetoric…

For the past several years now, ordinary people here are being bombarded with huge financial figures. A standard catch-line accompanying these whooping sums informs them that this money is and will be used for their betterment, progress and development. Although there is nothing unique about such pronouncements, however, what is new is the increased resonance […]

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Strengthening surface communication

Strengthening surface communication

In a tragic incident, three people died on Kupwara-Karnah road near Sadhna Top as they were caught in a snow storm. The unfortunate trio was footing the distance as the road still remains closed. This road has already claimed several lives as even a little drizzle makes is hazardous for travelers. The people of Karnah, […]

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Don’t underestimate peoples’ political intellect

Don’t underestimate peoples’ political intellect

With Jammu and Kashmir, like other states of the country, is readying for Lok Sabha polls, two major regional political parties, National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are inventing explanations and pointing to the culpability of so many actors to explain their inability to safeguard the state’s and its people’s interests, but wisdom […]

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Lok Sabha Polls

Lok Sabha Polls

Now that the Chief Election Commission (CEC) of India has announced the dates for holding of general election, all political parties in the country are fully geared up for the massive democratic exercise on the earth. But some major political parties in Jammu and Kashmir are upset, and genuinely so, as the CEC has not […]

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